California State Fair postponed as Cal Expo site in Sacramento hosts COVID-19 vaccinations

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Joanne Hayes and Walter DeLaGarza carry their prizes won at one of the carnival games at the California State Fair on July 10, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Joanne Hayes and Walter DeLaGarza carry their prizes won at one of the carnival games at the California State Fair on July 10, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California’s state fair will take a backseat this summer so the Cal Expo site can continue administering COVID-19 vaccines, organizers said this week.

The Sacramento-based facility, one of the largest vaccination sites in the state, will operate through September, officials said in a news release. The California State Fair and Food Festival, which usually runs in July, could return in a “slimmed down” version after that, but the board of directors has yet to make a decision on that. The fair was canceled last year amid the pandemic.

“There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am proud that Cal Expo has been able to play such an important role during this difficult time,” Cal Expo Chief Executive Rick Pickering said in a statement. “It is imperative that everyone gets vaccinated so that we can once again safely host the many events our community loves, including the annual California State Fair.”

Cal Expo served as a mass coronavirus testing site until last week, when it transitioned to a vaccination location.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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